TEP4310 - Solid Waste Technology and Resource Recovery


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Semester project 30/100
School exam 70/100 4 hours D

Course content

The course covers technologies for solid waste management and recycling and resource recovery from waste systems. The course contents will be developed in collaboration with a number of external partners from the waste management sector, as a result of a national project for increased priority to education and research within waste management and technology. As a result there will be a close collaboration with actors in the waste management sector, including Avfall Norge, waste companies, municipalities and other universities. The contents of the course includes: i) Introduction to waste management, technology, economics, policy and regulation, ii) Generation and characterization of waste, iii) Life cycle assessment of waste systems, iv) Waste collection, iv) Waste minimization, material recycling and mechanical treatment, vi) Thermal treatment, vii) Biological treatment, viii) Landfilling, ix) Solution for selected waste types (e.g. hazardous waste, WEEE, plastic waste).

Learning outcome

Knowledge: The student shall have acquired knowledge on: i) Strategies and solutions for solid waste management and recycling and resource recovery from waste systems, ii) Theory regarding technologies for waste management and resource recovery from waste. Skills: The student shall be able to: i) Explain the elements of waste policy, ii) Explain the main elements of waste generation and characterization, iii) Explain common technical solutions and designs for collection and treatment of waste and resource recovery from waste, iv) Interpret life cycle assessment studies of waste systems, and v) Reflect on important requirements for effective and environmentally friendly systems for solid waste. General competance: The student shall be able to: i) Adopt a systems perspective in assessment of solutions and systems for solid waste management, ii) Be able to communicate in good ways with specialists and decision makers.

Learning methods and activities

The course is offered in collaboration with the Waste Management Association of Norway, with active use of guest lectures from outside. The course includes lectures, exercises and a semester project.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

Written final exam (70%) and semester project (30%) will form the bases for the final grade.

For re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

If there is a re-sit examination the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Required previous knowledge

No particular previous knowledge required.

Course materials

Selected parts of textbook: Thomas H. Christensen: "Solid Waste Technology & Management", Wiley 2011. Selected other materials.

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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Environmental and Resource Engineering
  • Energy and Process Engineering
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Thermal Energy and Hydropower - Combustion and the Environment
Contact information


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 70/100 D 2023-12-14 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL110 turkis sone Sluppenvegen 14 49
Autumn ORD Semester project 30/100



Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 70/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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